Post #16  –  APS and ACC Vote Delayed For Rate Hike Increase and Grandfathering Date 

Sometimes delays are good, especially when the additional time could save you money. We’ve been told that the proposed Arizona Public Service (APS) rate hike case currently before the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) was not voted on at their June meeting agenda as planned. We’ve also been advised that the case will now not be heard until the mid-July meeting at the earliest, so the new grandfathering effective date will be after July 15, 2017 (a delay from the previous July 1st date).

What does this mean for you? As a current APS customer looking to install solar or expand your existing solar system, there is still a bit more time to take advantage of the current rate plans and savings to ensure you are grandfathered in at the most optimal plan for you.

It is critical for prospective APS solar customers interested in installing solar to provide Black Platinum Solar & Electric with your signed quote, contract, and deposit by July 21, 2017. This will allow us time to design and upload plans and complete all required documents and submit those with your APS Application before the unknown new deadline to ensure your current rates are grandfathered in for the next 20 years. (Note: This July 21st date is dependent on if the ACC votes and approves the rate case by mid-July).

Go green, make an impact, increase your home value, reduce your monthly electric bills and let the sun power your home. Call Black Platinum Solar & Electric today at 623-434-3340 for a free estimate on a Photovoltaic system.

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Post #15 – What the heck is APS grandfathering anyway?

Have you ever heard the expression, “It’s all Greek to me?” That’s a bit how we’ve been feeling about the Arizona Public Service (APS) grandfathering clauses impacting solar customers. Let’s start with the Wikipedia definition of grandfathering:

“A grandfather clause (or grandfather policy) is a provision in which an old rule continues to apply to some existing situations while a new rule will apply to all future cases. Those exempt from the new rule are said to have grandfather rights or acquired rights, or to have been grandfathered in. Frequently, the exemption is limited; it may extend for a set time, or it may be lost under certain circumstances.”

The proposed APS rate case now before the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) could have some big impacts to your monthly electric bill if you aren’t aware of the stipulations of the APS grandfathering clause. We’ve contacted APS directly to further clarify some the stipulations. Check out the explanations in our chart below.

My current scenario

What you should know about the
APS grandfathering clause

I am a current APS solar customer who already has an installed solar electric system on my home
  • You will be “grandfathered into” (or allowed to keep):
  1. Your existing net metering plan (approximately $.029 per kilowatt-hour of electricity credited for power you send to the grid) for 20 years from your connection date to the grid.
  2. The Legacy EPR-6 rate plan, for 20 years from the date you were connected to the grid.
  • After July 1,2017, you may not remove your solar panel system from the original installed property and relocate it to a new home, or you will lose your APS grandfathering.
I am a current APS solar customer who already has an installed solar electric system on my home and want to expand my solar system
  • Be aware that, expanding your existing solar panel system (even by adding a few solar panels), after July 1st, would void the APS grandfathering clause, and you’d then be subject to whatever net metering rate is in place at the time your expansion is connected to the grid.
  • You may not be allowed remain on the Legacy EPR-6 rate plan,
  • There is an option to expand your solar panel system without penalty, IF you apply to APS to expand prior to July 1, 2017 if you follow the 4 steps listed in the third scenario below.
I am a current APS customer who is thinking about installing a solar electric system on my home
  • It’s critical you apply to APS to connect to their grid before July 1, 2017 in order to take advantage of the grandfathered EPR-6 rate plan and the current net-metering payment rate. To do this you must:
  1. contact a solar installer,
  2. sign a contract with the installer,
  3. apply to APS for interconnection before July 1st (Black Platinum Solar will do this for you) and,
  4. have the system installed and approved by your county or city Authority within 180 days after July 1, 2017 (before December 28, 2017).
  • If you apply to APS to install solar after July 1, 2017 you will be grandfathered into the (unknown) net metering rate that is in place when your system connects to the grid and the grandfathering term will only be for 10 years, not 20. NOTE: The proposed net metering could be reduced as time goes on, to a point where the payment for net metering would completely disappear.

Another modification to your bill that may change after the rate case is decided is how APS charges their current solar customers a base Solar Fee of $.70/kw of system installed (i.e. if you own a 10kw solar system, then the fee you’re billed is $7.00/month), APS has proposed in their rate case that this fee become a flat fee of $25/month.

Are you interested in installing solar to lock in the more favorable rates?

Prospective APS solar customers interested in installing solar must provide Black Platinum Solar & Electric with your signed quote and contract, and deposit by June 26, 2017 in order to allow us time to prepare and complete all required documents and submit those with your APS Application before the July 1st deadline. NOTE: Your APS solar interconnection application will not be considered valid unless an “executed” (signed/dated) installation contract is uploaded to the application after it is completed on/before July 1, 2017.

The time to Go Solar is now! Call 623-434-3340 today for a free estimate on a photovoltaic system. Or click on our Contact Us tab at the top of this page to fill in a Contact form.

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Proposed APS Rate Increase to Affect Monthly Energy Bills for All Arizona APS Residential Homeowners

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Important information about net metering reform decision

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Post #10 - What APS residential customers need to know about the Arizona Corporation Commission net metering reform decision: Current rooftop solar customers are not affected. They are grandfathered under current net metering rules for 20 years, regardless if home ownership changes. Customers who submit a signed contract with a solar installer and an interconnection application [...]

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Financing Options for Residential Solar Systems…Choices

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Post #5 – Black Platinum Solar & Electric, Solar for Arizona – Toni and John Black Solar is alive and well in our Valley of the Sun. And the proof is in how quickly homeowners have signed up for APS’ Standard Incentive program dollars…and even at the lower rate of $1.45 per watt. The money [...]

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Solar Highways

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Post #7 – Black Platinum Solar & Electric, Innovative Technology – Toni and John Black Now here’s a story that definitely belongs in the “Gee, Why Didn’t I Think Of That” category. It’s the project to replace our asphalt highways (circa 1950s technology) with something befitting the 21st century. It’s the glass road…or more accurately, [...]

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